Everyone loves fresh lilies in the house, and now you can grow vasefuls of your own too. At a fraction of the cost of florist stem prices, and yet producing a flower every single year for many years to come and so easy to grow, its all done for you in our pre-programmed bulbs.
Oriental lilies have large, upward facing intensely fragranced flowers in a pastel blend of white, pink and blush shades, as well as the ever-popular and instantly recognisable two-tone 'Stargazer', with its reddish centre.
Flowering in summer at between 60 and 90cm tall, the flowers will last 3 weeks from bud break. Leave them to die back in winter, and they will flourish for many more years.
As these lilies can grow so tall, staking them against the wind - stout bamboo canes are ideal as they blend in with the stems.
Keep an eye out for lily beetles which can quickly defoliate your plants.
Plant in fertile, moist and well-drained soil - a layer of horticultural grit in the planting hole will help drainage. Plant bulbs where the plants will benefit from light afternoon shade.
Mulch over winter to protect the bulbs from extreme cold , or if your ground lays wet, you may want to consider lifting and storing the bulbs.
Keep well-watered when in growth and give a high-potassium liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks from early spring until 6 weeks after flowering.
Leave the foliage until it turns brown in autumn.
Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring.